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February 23, 2012
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 9, 2012 – One of the leading pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician with the world’s leading orchestras, and hosts the popular NPR program “From the Top.” Matt Haimovitz debuted as a cello soloist at age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and has worked toward redefining the role of a classical artist, performing at coffeehouses and clubs, along with international engagements. These outstanding artists, each known for breaking down barriers in classical music, come together in a unique collaboration that weaves in and out of the classical and pop genres. O’Riley and Haimovitz present a new program titled “Shuffle.Play.Listen” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

This captivating and diverse program spans centuries and genres with works by such classical composers as Bach, Gabrielli, Piazzolla and Stravinsky and contemporary artists such as Arcade Fire and Radiohead, among others. The first half of the program will be pre-arranged, while the second half will be programmed from the stage, which will allow the artists the opportunity to share the context of the works with the audience.  

In fall 2011, O’Riley and Haimovitz released “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” a 2-disc album that features their own interpretations of such classical pieces as Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” and reworkings of indie rock songs by Arcade Fire, the Cocteau Twins and Radiohead, and even jazz-fusion by English guitarist John McLaughlin. “Haimovitz’s musical zeal, plus O’Riley’s amazing finesse, equals a powerhouse that vacillates wildly between whispery plaintiveness, emotive intensity and enviable improvisational prowess … a wonderfully diverse musical experience performed by two incredibly complex artists.” (All Things Strings)

O’Riley has garnered praise from both classical and rock critics for moving piano music beyond the traditional classical canon into new territories with his acclaimed recordings of the music of Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. In addition to his radio show on NPR, “From the Top,” he hosts the PBS weekly television series, “From the Top of Carnegie Hall,” directed by Emmy-winning director Gary Halvorson. O’Riley has worked with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra; the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles, New York, Moscow and the Royal Philharmonic in London; the Minnesota Orchestra; and the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He has collaborated with an illustrious group of conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, John Williams, Marin Alsop, JoAnn Falletta, Krystof Penderecki and Kurt Mazur, among others. O’Riley has earned a number of honors, including the Leeds, Van Cliburn, Busoni and Montreal competition awards, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and he studied at the New England School of Music.

Haimovitz made his professional debut in 1984, and studied at the Collegiate School in New York and the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose, and later with Ronald Leonard and Yo-Yo Ma. At age 17, he released his first recording with Deutsche Grammophon, featuring a collaboration with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has since performed with the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, among others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing alongside Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman and Mstislav Rostopovich, filling in for Leonard Rose when he fell ill. Haimovitz garnered attention in 2000 with his Bach “Listening-Room Tour,” in which he took Bach’s cello suites outside the concert hall to clubs across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2002, he became the first classical artist to perform at the legendary CBGB club in New York City. Haimovitz has received numerous awards, including the ASCAP Concert Music Award and the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or and the Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” – the first cellist to ever receive this prestigious honor. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.


Tickets for CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY & MATT HAIMOVITZ are $21, $34, $42. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit


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Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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